Jarvis Cocker signs huge book deal ahead of Edinburgh gig

Hot on the heels of the announcement of his Edinburgh International Festival appearance, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has signed a deal worth more than £100,000 to write a book on creativity.

The Sheffield-born music icon has written a six-page proposal for a tome called This Book Is A Song, which is expected to combine biographical details, essays, illustrations and photographs.

Those understood to have put offers on the table to Cocker’s literary agent Mónica Carmona include publishing giants Faber, Penguin Random House and Macmillan.

One publisher, who pulled out of the bidding before the final round, described the numbers as “scary” for a book that insiders said was “emphatically not a memoir”.

This Book Is A Song eventually went to Michal Shavit at Jonathan Cape for “six figures”, according to reports.

As reported on AAA earlier this week, Cocker will be appearing at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival with Room 29, a brand new collaboration between the singer and piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales.

Room 29 will show at the King’s Theatre in August (22, 23 & 24 August) and will give voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood.

Cocker was inspired to write the cycle of songs during his own stay in Room 29 using the room’s baby grand piano, and through music, dance, theatrical clips from Hollywood movies and alongside the Kaiser Quartett, he and Gonzalez reveal the secrets and escapades of the hotel’s famous and not-so-famous occupants.

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